When businesses move into a new tenancy, invariably they check that all the fixtures work (lights, taps etc) and ensure that all the finishes are not worn or run down.

So why don’t they do this to their data cabling?

In desk based professions, the cabling is paramount to keeping staff connected to data, clients and the wider world. A simple audit of cabling with a certified and calibrated cable analyser will let your business ensure that future network slowdowns will be avoided.

What causes slow networks?

The very nature of networking can cause intermittent slowdowns. Network traffic also has a habit of peaking from time to time, which may result in a slowdown. These intermittent slowdowns are to be expected. However, if you determine that a consistent network slowdown or bottleneck exists, the hard part is pinpointing the location of the problem. A thorough audit of the permanent cabling will give your business the comfort of knowing that your staff can work on a reliable network that avoids any unnecessary slowdowns and identify any cables that need repair or replacement.

Network cabling

Bad network cabling can lead to a whole host of issues, including a slow network. When the prevalent speed of an Ethernet network was 10 Mbps over Category 3 or 5 cabling, a little problem here and there wasn’t as big a deal as it is today. With more modern networks running at 100 Mbps or even 1,000 Mbps, you must take more care in the design and maintenance of the cable plant.

If your business could benefit from a network audit, please contact Lightspeed.


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